Saturday, January 30, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010

USA - Cover from Pisgah Forest – NC, USA to Braga, Portugal.

Cover with Christmas postcard posted on December, 23 2009.

(Special thanks to my friend Jean-Claude)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

CROATIA - Cover from Nedelišće, Croatia to Braga, Portugal

Cover with postcard of Čakovec

posted on January, 2 2010.

(Special thanks to my friend Tomislav)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

SPAIN – Postcard from Noreña, Spain to Braga, Portugal

Postcard posted on December, 29 2009.

A view of the 'Laguna de Cuevas - Lagos de Saciencia - Asturias, Spain

(A very special thanks to my friend José Carlos)

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Viagem no tempo através de selos no Museu do Oriente / Time travel through stamps at the Museum of East

"Selos portugueses do Oriente" é uma exposição que pode ver no Museu do Oriente até 25 de Abril.
É através de selos que o Museu do Oriente nos leva a viajar até ao século XIX.

Quem visita a exposição encontra produções inéditas de monumentos, personalidades e acontecimentos relevantes acompanhados dos respectivos selos que circularam na Índia, em Timor e em Macau.

Cada selo conta uma história... desde as embarcações típicas, os uniformes do exército, arte indígena, a descoberta do caminho marítimo para a Índia entre outras.

Organizada em colaboração com a Fundação Portuguesa das Comunicações, a exposição divide-se por temas. Índia, Macau e Timor. Espaços onde encontramos selos que se referem a efemérides, personalidades ou monumentos históricos, tradições e cultura.

Uma viagem no tempo em que pode embarcar até 25 de Abril por 4 euros.

(English version)

"Stamps of Portuguese East" is an exhibition that can see the Museum of the East until 25 April.
It stamps through the Museum of the East takes us to travel to the nineteenth century.

Those visiting the exhibit take the opportunity to find unusual productions of monuments, important personalities and events with relevant stamps circulated in India, East Timor and Macau.

Each stamp tells a story ... from the typical boats, the uniforms of the army, indigenous art, the discovery of sea route to India among others.

Organized in collaboration with the Portuguese Communications Foundation, the exhibition is divided thematically. India, Macau and Timor. Areas where we find stamps that refers to ephemeris, personalities and historical monuments, traditions and culture.

A journey through time where you can pick up April 25 for just 4 euros.

AUSTRIA – Postcard from Wien, Austria to Braga, Portugal

Official Austrian Post Office sent on December, 12 2009.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Sunday, January 3, 2010

TURKEY - Cover Izmir, Turkey to Braga Portugal

Cover posted on December, 25 2009.

(A very special thanks to my friend Ahmet)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

INDIA - Cover Kerala, India to Braga Portugal

Cover posted on December, 18 2009.

(A very special thanks to my friend Dr. Asef)

Friday, January 1, 2010

INDIA - Cover Hyderabad, India to Braga Portugal

Registered cover posted on December, 16 2009.

(A very special thanks to my friend V. Prasad)

Something about British style post boxes...

Granddad’s fine art of making post boxes

Falkirk man, 69, has seen handiwork sent around the globe.

John Cooper, 69, has been making pillar boxes and lamp boxes – those on poles – for the Royal Mail since he was 16. Today the boxes will be put to the test as they are crammed to the brim with cards on the Royal Mail’s busiest day of the year.

Mr Cooper started making the boxes as a 16-year-old apprentice at the Carron Company in Falkirk, then moved to Machan Engineering in Denny, Stirlingshire, which now has the contract to make them.

They make nearly 1,000 post boxes a year for the whole of the UK, using only products from Scotland.

Mr Cooper, from Falkirk, is planning to retire next year, but his grandson is learning the ropes at Machan.

The royal cipher of Queen Elizabeth II does not appear on post boxes north of the border because of protests in the 1950s when post boxes were set on fire as she is technically only the first Queen Elizabeth of Scotland. It was replaced by the Scottish crown, in sympathy with Scots who did not recognise Elizabeth I.

Before 1859 there was no standard colour.

In 1859, a bronze green colour became standard until 1874 when red became the standard colour.

The Royal Mail said the earliest known post box was installed in Wakefield Post Office in Yorkshire in 1809.

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